The “Why Be Jewish” Approach
(alternate title: Are We “Right” and Everyone Else is “Wrong”?)
It’s a scary world out there. The Internet has increased everyone’s opportunities, not only ours but also the those of fundamentalist Christians and Moslems. The best way to defend our students against missionaries is to educate ourselves on the most fundamental Jewish question: Why be Jewish? We will examine key texts from Judaism, Christianity and Islam from both historical and theological perspectives.
Participants will increase their ability to
* compare and contrast Jewish and non-Jewish theologies.
* discern how the interpretation of history affects theology
* defend Judaism against dogmatic attacks from other faiths.
* think critically about theological and historical claims.
TIME: 90 min.
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
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Powerpoint available upon request.